“I am very pleased that we have reached preliminary agreements with NAPE that balance the challenges we face in the economy with the need to reach an agreement that respects the significant contributions of our public service,” Finance Minister Tom Osborne said in a statement. “If these agreements are ratified, they will result in long-term cost savings, while ensuring staff stability, while continuing our work to return to a surplus.” The Newfoundland and Labrador Public and Private Workers Association announced Monday morning that it and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador have reached preliminary agreements for the union`s bargaining groups. The agreement, which still needs to be ratified by more than 16,000 NAPE members across the province, extends all aspects of existing collective agreements by two years, with the exception of specific amendments. Sixteen existing collective agreements between the provincial government and the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Employees Association (NAPE) are now being extended until March 31, 2022, following a preliminary agreement between the two parties. NAPE will present these preliminary agreements to accession in the coming weeks and expects the ratification process to be completed in early 2020. In November, the two groups put in place a “framework” for a collective agreement indicating that progress had been made. The Minister of Finance was equally vague as to whether the agreement protected employment. “Time lag is now problematic, and I recognize it for membership. But the best thing I can say to members now is that we have a collective agreement that sees it as an important employment protection, that recognizes the economic time we are going through in this province, and that sees very little erosion of the collective agreement. Compromise and a cabinet reshuffle played a role in securing new agreements between the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and their unionized workers. “This agreement will provide the province and the public sector with much-needed stability,” NAPE President Jerry Earle said in a statement. “There are also our members and the people of the province who need essential public services that calm them down.” The provincial government and NAPE have tentatively agreed to a contract extension for 16,000 government employees.
“If these agreements are ratified, they will save long-term while ensuring staff stability while continuing our work to return to surplus,” Finance Minister and Treasury Board Chairman Tom Osborne said in a press release. “This agreement will provide the province and the public sector with much-needed stability,” NAPE President Jerry Earle said in a union statement. The interim agreements apply to the following NAPE bargaining units: Air Services, CNA Faculty, CNA Support Staff, Correctional Officers, General Service, Group Homes, Health Professionals, Hospital Support Staff, Laboratory X-Ray, Marine Services, Maintenance and Operational Services (MOS), Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation (NLC), School Boards, Student Assistants, Ushers and WorkplaceNL.